Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino said Wednesday that an autopsy determined that the pair had been killed. He would not comment on the cause of death.
Newark police said a maintenance man found the bodies of 55-year-old Adrian Price and 42-year-old Towanna Freeman inside their sixth-floor room at the Riviera Hotel Tuesday morning after guests complained of a foul odor.
The couple had been living at the hotel since December.
Authorities said Freeman was pregnant in her second trimester. Under New Jersey law, the fetus is not considered a homicide victim.
No one has been arrested.